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Dr. Jason J. Griffith

Dr. Jason J. Griffith
Phone: 814-865-8949
Office Address:
260 Chambers
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education (Language and Literacy Education)


Curriculum and Instruction


Children's Literature
Curriculum and Instruction: Children's Literature
Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture and Society
Curriculum and Instruction: English Language Arts Education


Jason Griffith is an assistant professor of education (children’s and adolescent literature studies) at Penn State University. He earned a doctorate in English education from Arizona State University in 2018 after teaching middle and high school English for 12 years in Carlisle, PA. His research interests include writing pedagogy, adolescent literature, multimodal text intersections, particularly in narrative nonfiction and storytelling, and empowering literacy practices for middle and secondary students as well as pre-service teachers. In 2012, Jason was awarded NCTE’s Outstanding Middle Level Educator award, and he has served on NCTE’s Middle Level Section Steering Committee. Jason currently serves as the "Teaching with YA" column editor in NCTE's Voices from the Middle, and he is an editorial board member of Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care, the peer-reviewed blog of the Commission on Writing Teacher Education within NCTE's English Language Arts Teachers and Educators (ELATE). 

A National Board Certified Teacher and Fellow of the National Writing Project, Jason has received a number of teaching awards including the a Teaching Excellence Award from Arizona State University's Graduate Professional Student Association (2016), and the Wilfred A. Ferrell Memorial Fellowship From Arizona State University's Department of English (2017). 

Jason has presented at national conferences including NCTE, ELATE, SXSWedu, and the Educator Collaborative's Gathering as well as regional and local conferences. Jason's first book, From Me to We: Using Narrative Nonfiction to Broaden Student Perspectives, was published in Fall, 2016 by Routledge, and his scholarship has also been published The Clearinghouse, Voices from the Middle, the Language Arts Journal of Michigan, New Jersey English Journal as well as collected volumes published by Routledge, International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) and Rowman & Littlefield. Jason also has written essays, reviews, and creative nonfiction for Hippocampus Magazine, the Nerdy Book Club, Talking Writing, and the Pennsylvania Council of the Teachers of English Language Arts (PCTELA) blog.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Curriculum Areas

Children's Literature
Language/Literacy Ed

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Secondary/High School

Education Types

Public Ed

Leadership Preparation

Teacher Prep



Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers

Courses Taught

LLED 402: Teaching Children’s Literature, Grades 4-8

LLED 402: Teaching Children’s Literature, Grades PK-4

LLED 465: Fantasy Literature for Children

LLED 520: Literature for Adolescents 

CI 597:  Special Topics:Telling Research Stories: Public Intellectualism and Public Pedagogy in Education

Education History

PhD, English Education, Arizona State University (2018) MA, Contemplative Education, Naropa University (2008) BS, English Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2002)

Representative Publications


Griffith, J. (2016). From me to we: Using narrative nonfiction to broaden student perspectives. New York: Routledge. 


Griffith, J. (2018). Penning the 3 AM thoughts: What students say about writing personally in English class. The Clearinghouse: A journal of educational strategies, issues and ideas, DOI: 10.1080/00098655.2018.1459445

Griffith, J. and Brown, J. (2017). Writing changed how we teach writing: A co-interview between two debut teacher-authors, Voices from the Middle, 25(2), 28-32.